Rethinking support for adolescents in or on the edge of care: Department for Education Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme

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Great Britain. Department for Education
Department for Education
Date of publication
1 April 2014
Children and Young People, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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39% of all those entering care each year are aged 11 or older. Adolescents often enter care during a crisis – with their family, with the police or with their mental or emotional health. The care system is often caught between two competing priorities: to provide an immediate place of safety; and to develop a long-term plan based on individual needs.

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme's key objective is to support improvements to the quality of services so that children who need help from the social care system have better chances in life. Since the Programme was announced, the Department for Education has been assessing the opportunities for innovation in children’s social care. This document seeks to fuel debate and discussion about rethinking support for adolescents in or on the edge of care. It presents the conclusions of an intensive eight week evidence-gathering project undertaken by the Department of Education and Deloitte Social Care Practice. 

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